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17 Reasons For
Good Picture Quality
A number of customers thought this PC monitors had good colour saturation. Aurazor mentioned on Amazon “Images are bright, colours are pure” in their review of this PC monitors. Azeem and mentioned in their review “Colours are decent, not as good as I've seen on my Dell Ultrasharps”. Christian R mentioned on Amazon “Very good display, great colours” in his review of this PC monitors and scored the product 80 out of 100.
Some Asus PB278 owners concluded that it had clear images. Stephen scored it 99 out of 100 and he said in his review of this PC monitors on Amazon in August “I spend 10 hours a day in front of my computer wirting PHP/JS and the clarity is superb”.
Some Asus PB278 owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a flickering image. Aurazor gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Asus PB278 on Amazon “I have always been very demanding of my monitors, I am highly sensitive to flicker and colour shades”. Dexter said in his review of this PC monitors “Anything positive? Yes, if I have to say, I love the "Right part" of this screen, great color, vivid, sharp and no flickering” but gave it a rating of 20 out of 100.
One person who reviewed the product reckoned that it had image ghosting. Cpalmer said on Amazon “I've yet to see any noticeable ghosting” in their review and rated it 5 stars.
Good Product Quality
Six Asus PB278 owners who bought it thought it was good quality. G. Woodruff wrote in their review of this PC monitors on Amazon “Unfortunately the reliability/quality control is highly dubious” yet rated it 3 stars. Guitarist wrote on Amazon a few weeks ago “I just love the quality of the 4K” and gave this PC monitors a rating of 5 stars. Jason France rated this PC monitors 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “Excellent quality monitor” in his review.
A Best Selling PC Display
The PB278 is a popular choice amongst customers who bought PC displays in the last 3 months.
Average Owner Reviews
The average owner rating of this LCD screen is 77 out of 100 based on 52 owner reviews.
Several people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was ergonomic. Strawberry Blonde gave it a score of 99 out of 100 and said on Amazon “I have been using for a week now & on receiving the monitor it gives a highly ergonomic & cool design with tilt” in their review.
One customer considered that the Asus PB278 was good looking. G. Woodruff wrote “Crucially it stays flawless then it is an easy 5 star product as the image is beautiful and the response time/lag excellent” in their review of the Asus PB278 but even so gave the product a score of 60 out of 100.
Three Asus PB278 reviewers who purchased the product reckoned that it was well made. J 'wildfire' Town wrote “Clean looking build, easy'ish setup options” in their review. In August Mr. S. Henderson and mentioned on Amazon “It is working solid” in their review. Strawberry Blonde wrote in their Asus PB278 review on Amazon “The monitor stand is solid, easy to assemble (twist”.
A few Asus PB278 owners who reviewed it said that it was easy to damage or scratch. Dexter said two years ago “OK, I've received the replacement today, no scratches, no lines, no dead pixels”.
One Asus PB278 reviewer said in their reviews that the Asus PB278 was strong and durable. Strawberry Blonde gave this PC monitors a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “It's certainly is impressive, packaged very well & robust” in their review of the Asus PB278.
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We calculated the average ratings for all Asus PC displays and specifically for Asus medium monitors and found that in both cases Asus had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.
One Asus PB278 reviewer who reviewed the Asus PB278 thought it was thick. Strawberry Blonde gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned two years ago “9 wide-format PB278Q LED displays afford 178° wide viewing angles for better productivity, opening extra multitasking space to fit more windows”.
One customer who reviewed it considered that it was tight. A few weeks ago Gary H said on Amazon “Only negative comment is that the inputs are a bit difficult to get to and cables are a tight fit.” and rated the product 99 out of 100.
Good Technical Features
Two Asus PB278 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it had good features. Christian R mentioned in his review of this PC monitors “I would like to be able to have more, as I don't use the unchangeable "quickfit" and "input select" features very useful, as I rarely have more than one input”. Paul George gave the Asus PB278 a score of 5 stars and he said on Amazon “You can mess around & have fun with the settings as I have & love the different features on offer Reading” in his Asus PB278 review.
A few Asus PB278 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money. Gary H wrote in his review of the Asus PB278 this month “Great Monitor at a great price, what else could you ask for?”. Gary H also mentioned “Well done ASUS for a really usable monitor at such a great price”. Last year Lesteph said on Amazon “Great value alternative to Apple screens” in their review of this PC monitors and scored it 5 stars.
One Asus PB278 reviewer considered that the product was good in terms of connectivity. Strawberry Blonde said on Amazon “Features a host of connectivity options that include HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2”.
Easy to Use
A few Asus PB278 owners who purchased the product thought it was easy to use. A Purchaser mentioned “If I wasn't fortunate enough to have spares to use I would have a useless screen”. Christian R mentioned on Amazon “The built-in volume control, which is accessible only via the on-screen display controlled by the buttons on the underside of the display, should be done well”. G. Woodruff said on Amazon “Unfortunately the reliability/quality control is highly dubious” in their review.
One Asus PB278 owner who purchased the product said that it was easy to assemble. Strawberry Blonde mentioned “The monitor stand is solid, easy to assemble (twist and lock)” in their review. One customer considered that it was easy to use the menus. Two years ago Paul George mentioned “You can mess around & have fun with the settings as I have & love the different features on offer Reading”.
Acceptable Noise Level
One Asus PB278 reviewer who reviewed the product reckoned that it was noisy. In August last year Christian R mentioned “Even at 1% it is very loud”.
One Asus PB278 owner who reviewed it mentioned that it had good technical guidance.
80000000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
The highest contrast ratio of the Asus PB278 is 80000000:1. That's over four times the contrast ratio of the most frequently found dynamic contrast ratio of 20000000:1. Similar spec PC displays that were launched more than two years ago dynamic contrast ratios range from Mega Contrast (worst) to 100000000:1 (best).
We compared this LCD screen to all the other PC screens that have an 80000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and we think the G2770 (£219.99), and the u3477 (£499.98) both from AOC or the Philips 272G5 which has a better Rating is also worth considering.
If the contrast ratio of this flatpanel monitor is too low for you then you might also want to look at the Asus PB287 (£259.99) (100000000:1 and higher rated), or the Acer CB290C (£307.14) (100000000:1 and higher rated); or the Acer CB270HU (£234.97) (100000000:1 and cheaper).
Has a Built-In Speaker
The Asus PB278 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other PC displays that were launched more than two years ago also have a built-in speaker.
Alternative PC screens with a built-in speaker currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the AOC Q2770 (£320.11), the Asus VG27AH (£303.80), or the LG 29UM65.
Quite High RMS Rated Audio Power
The Asus PB278 has one of the higher RMS rated audio powers (5 Watts) amongst medium monitors of this age. Across all the medium monitors that were launched around the same time as the PB278 the RMS rated audio powers range from 0.5W to 49W.
5 Reasons Against
Not 3D Compatible
The Asus PB278 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other medium monitors that are a comparable age to the PB278 are also not 3D compatible.
Most PC monitors that have been around for more than two years do not have a built-in camera. The Asus PB278 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in camera.
We compared all the other PC displays which also have a built-in camera to this LCD screen and we think the 272P4 (£426.48), or the 231C5 (£429.96) both from Philips or the Acer DA220 (£373.92) which also has a higher Rating is also worth considering.
Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader
Like most of the other PC screens of this spec and age, the Asus PB278 does not have an integrated card reader.
We compared this PC display to all the other PC screens with an integrated card reader and we think the Acer DA220 (£373.92), or the DELL U2713H (£399.00) is also worth considering.
Expensive Compared to Other PC Screens of This Age and Spec
We think this PC display looks expensive compared to other PC screens of this age and spec. The cheapeast PC screen of this spec and age that we found costs £41 and the most expensive costs £8,760.
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Only HD HD Type
This PC screen has a 4K Ultra HD HD type, which is typical of many LCD screens that are a comparable age to it.
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Running Costs Are OK
The average running cost of the PB278 is £52 over 5 years based on typical energy prices and usage levels, which is typical compared to the other 795 flatpanel monitors of a comparable type and age.
Released Over Two Years Ago
It was over two years ago when this flatpanel monitor was released.
Was concerned at first about the light bleed and pixel comments from others, but the monitor i have works to perfection (am i lucky or did ASUS up their QC?). Anyway first class picture and i... Read more…
Really nice monitor. The colours are bright and rich. I haven't noticed any light bleed or dead pixels. The 1440p resolution is so much better than 1080p for this size panel! It makes the screen... Read more…
It's a bit disappointing i was expecting more from the successor of the great Asus PB278Q however what i got was a monitor that is way worse thant the one it was supposed to replace.
I have... Read more…
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